Robert Downey Sr., the filmmaker, actor and father of Robert Downey Jr., has died in a single day aged 85.
Downey Sr. died in his sleep, his spouse stated, at his New York Metropolis residence on Wednesday.
Greatest identified for his appearing appearances in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and To Stay and Die in LA, Downey Sr. had been battling Parkinson’s illness for greater than 5 years.
His son, Marvel powerhouse Robert Downey Jr., 56, paid tribute to his father immediately, calling him a “maverick.”
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“RIP Bob D. Sr. 1936-2021 … Final night time, dad handed peacefully in his sleep after years of tolerating the ravages of Parkinson’s,” he wrote. “He was a real maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic all through..Based on my stepmoms calculations, they had been fortunately married for simply over 2000 years. Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you’re a saint, and our ideas and prayers are with you.”
The daddy of stars Robert Downey Jr. and Allyson Downey, the director, author and producer largely stayed away from press, principally to guard his well-known youngsters.
However in 2001, when his Oscar-nominated son was going through cocaine prices, Downey Sr. spoke to The Submit at size concerning the difficulties being in Hollywood.
“Life is simply too simple if you’re a film star. Folks will do something you need and get you something you need,” he stated on the time. “Hollywood is a horrible place.”
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Born in New York, Downey Sr. served within the Military, performed minor league baseball, was a Golden Gloves boxing champ and a playwright for off-Broadway productions earlier than the age of twenty-two, in line with IMDb.
By the Nineteen Sixties, he pivoted to movie, writing and directing classics corresponding to Balls Bluff (1961), Babo 73 (1964), Chafed Elbows (1966), No Extra Excuses (1968) and Putney Swope (1969).
After the cult success of the satirical Putney Swope, he hit backside when his profession foundered within the Nineteen Seventies.
“Ten years of cocaine across the clock,” he informed The Submit in 2001. “I didn’t beat it till ’81, till my late spouse gave me an ultimatum. I formally give up in entrance of my son. He retains reminding me about it. I inform him, ‘If it made such an impression on you, then why can’t you do the identical factor?’”
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The latest movie he labored on was 2011’s Tower Heist, which additionally starred Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller and Casey Affleck. As director, his ultimate tasks had been 1997’s Hugo Pool and the 2005 documentary Rittenhouse Sq..
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